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Confederate (CSA)


Edward Hall Cunningham

(1835 - 1912)

Home State: Texas

Education: Cumberland University (TN), Class of 1855

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He moved to Bexar County, TX about 1856, and acquired significant land holdings there. He was elected Captain, Company F, 4th Texas Infantry on 11 July 1861 at Camp Clark in Guadalupe County.

On the Campaign

He was with acting Major of the regiment in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, where ehe was wounded in the arm.

The rest of the War

His arm was amputated. He was sent to Texas on 12 October to organize conscripts for the brigade, but resigned his commission in the 4th Texas on 1 November and was appointed Major and Assistant Adjutant and Inspector-General to General Hood on 5 November 1862. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on Hood's staff on 6 February 1864 and later served General S.D Lee in the West.

After the War

He established a sugar refinery and became very wealthy, known as the "Sugar King of Texas".

References & notes

Service from Krick1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. His role at Sharpsburg from Davis,3 who has him as Robert H. Cunningham. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Narcissa Ann Brahan (1842-1907) in April 1872 and they had 5 children. Her brother Haywood was Captain Cunningham's First Sergeant at Sharpsburg.


07/07/1835; Van Buren, AR


08/27/1912; San Antonio, TX; burial in City Cemetery #2, San Antonio, TX


1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 106  [AotW citation 17545]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26658]

3   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 157-158  [AotW citation 1789]